About Danh Vo
Danh Vo was born in southern Vietnam in 1975. When Vo was four year old his family fled the postwar chaos in a boat built by Vo’s father. They hoped to reach the USA, but were picked up on the Pacific by a passing Danish trawler. In Denmark the entire family became Danish citizens, and all of them except Danh Vo – the restless younger brother, forever on the move and currently residing in Berlin and Bangkok– have lived in Denmark ever since.
His name - an artwork in itself
A characterization of Danh Vo’s art can be seen in his name. In Vietnam, you write down your family name first and given name last. When Danh Vo and his family were registered by the Danish authorities, the family name Vo was placed last. His middle name,Trung, was recorded as his first name. 21 years later he turned to the subject in the artwork Vo Rosasco Rasmussen. In this ongoing work he seeks to marry people who are special to him and add their last names to his own. After each marriage, Vo immediately gets divorced but retains the last name of his former spouse. His official name is now Trung Ky Danh Vo Rosaco Rasmussen.
Dahn Vo is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and the Städelschule in Frankfurt.
He is represented by Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi in Berlin, Galerie Buchholz in Cologne, Marian Goodman in New York og Galerie Chantal Crousel in Paris.
His recent solo exhibitions include:
- All your deeds shall in water be writ, but this in marble (Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin 2010)
- Autoerotic Asphyxiation (Artists Space,New York 2010)
- Where the Lions Are (Kunsthalle Basel 2009)
- Package Tour (Stedelijk Museum 2008)
He has participated in an extensive number of group exhibitions including:
- Between Cultures, Socle du Monde Biennale (Herning 2010)
- 6th Berlin Biennale (Berlin 2010),
- 8th Gwangju Biennale (South Korea 2010)
- Reality Check (National Gallery of Denmark 2008)
- Manifesta 7 (Bolzano 2008)
Danh Vo’s career has attracted much acclaim. In 2009 he was nominated for the National Gallery Prize for Young Art, one of the most prestigious awards in contemporary art today; in 2007 he wonblauorange Kunstpreis der Deutschen Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken. He has also received a residency at Kadist Art Foundation in Paris 2009 and one in L.A. in 2005.